FRANKLIN, Mass. – The Southern Vermont College men's volleyball team bounced back after dropping the first set at Dean College Saturday afternoon as the Mountaineers came back for a 3-1 non-conference victory.
The hosting Bulldogs won the opening frame 25-21 before SVC came back to tie the match with a tight 25-23 victory in the second. The Mountaineers carried that momentum for a sizable 25-15 win in the third, and the visitors then closed out the early evening with a 25-17 margin in the fourth game.
SVC (4-19) now turns to its final four New England Collegiate Conference contests of the regular season—two of those coming next Saturday, April 1 in a tri-match at Endicott College. The Mountaineers will first take on Lesley University at 1 p.m. before facing off with the hosting Gulls around 3 p.m.
Freshman Te Hayward (Baltimore, Md.) had an outstanding afternoon after he got rolling—notching a match and season-high 16 kills while adding three digs and a solo block for Southern Vermont. Junior Marv Figaro (Rockville, Md.) just missed the double-double with nine kills and a tie of the team-best 14 digs, and freshman setter Bryan Bernal (Riverside, Calif.) had another 14 digs to go along with his 33 assists, three kills and three service aces.
Three-straight Dean points put the hosts on top early in the opening set, but Hayward was able to tie it on two occasions with a couple kills. DC took the edge by a pair and was able to stay in front through the latter end of the frame to pull out the slight win and quick upper hand in the match.
The Bulldogs rallied for the first five points of the next set, and they would maintain that difference midway through. Dean eventually went on top 19-11 to have a 2-0 contest lead in sight, but that's when the Mountaineers started to find their groove. SVC won eight of the next nine behind kills by Bernal, Million, and sophomore Adrian Dickerson (Bristol, Vt.). DC clinched to its two-point lead to make it a 23-21 score, but Southern Vermont finished strong with the last four points as Hayward landed a kill before Bernal tallied an ace to tie the tilt.
Hayward had a quick two kills to help put his team ahead 4-1, but the Bulldogs were able to answer and even the score multiple times with the last being at 9-9. Bernal and Hayward each recorded a kill to give Southern Vermont the upper hand, and the Mountaineers would soon-after score eight unanswered with the help of three Million kills. That would give SVC a comfortable lead that was carried to game-point before Figaro put down a Bernal set to end the stanza.
Dean would fight to extend the match into a fifth set with a 7-3 advantage in the onset of the fourth, but Southern Vermont responded and went in front 13-9. SVC senior Jeff James (Bowie, Md.) knocked down a pair of kills before Million added one of his own for a 20-13 Mountaineer upper hand. DC trimmed the deficit with four of the next five—only to see the visitors close out their second win over the Bulldogs this year with the final four points.
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